§ MR. R. G. WEBSTER (St. Pancras, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the fact that the recent declaration of the poll at the East Bristol election was inaccurate to the number of 50 votes recorded for one of the candidates, and that this mistake had to be subsequently corrected; and if he will issue a Local Government Board Order as to the counting of votes at elections to prevent or diminish inaccuraces?
§ MR. SHAW-LEFEVRE
I have seen a report in the newspapers to the effect that at the East Bristol election 50 spoiled voting papers were inadvertently added to the total votes of one of the candidates, but that the mistake was discovered and corrected. The Local Government Board have no power to issue any order as to the counting of votes at Parliamentary elections.